ChatGPT is really bad at procedural tasks

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In this post, I look at ChatGPT’s ability to create procedural tasks in images. Using paper airplanes, three-fingered dwarves, origami rabbits, and the sinking Titanic we look at the limitations of this powerful tool in creating coherent instructional images.

AI image generation: From text to images

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Generative AI has been filling our newsfeeds and dominating discussions over the past 18 months. In this post, I explore the feelings I have toward AI image generation and the opportunities we have to teach information consumers about this powerful new generative AI technology.

Blurring realities: Indistinguishable human and machine creations

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Explore the nuances of AI integration in higher education and the digital realm, highlighting the necessity for conscious engagement with indistinguishable AI involvement. Addressing the blend of AI-generated and human content, the author advocates for visual cues to make AI’s role discernible, underscoring transparency in an increasingly machine-generated world.

Finding time: Writing for InsideOCULA

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This post narrates a journey from losing touch with the cherished hobby of writing to rediscovering its joy at the OLA Super Conference. An invitation to contribute to InsideOCULA rekindles a love for writing, offering insights into balancing work with the pursuit of creativity.

Inside my tech bag: Unveiling the power of RODE Wireless GO II

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Discover how the RODE Wireless GO II isn’t just a gadget—it’s a revolution in teaching technology. Compact yet powerful, this microphone system transforms any space into a stage for clear, professional audio capture, enhancing my presentations and ensuring no student misses out, no matter where they are.

Mastering NVivo: Unveiling the cornerstones of effective teaching

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Reflecting on teaching NVivo to graduate students, a task filled with challenges and revelations. Discover how laying a solid foundation in NVivo’s complexities is crucial for success in qualitative analysis. Join me as I delve into the importance of strong pedagogical approaches and the plans to revolutionize NVivo education, ensuring students are well-equipped for their research endeavors.

The debate around ChatGPT in academic peer-review

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Explore the growing concerns and debates around ChatGPT’s role in academic peer-review processes. This insightful piece delves into real-world examples of AI-generated content being submitted without attribution, raising questions about the effectiveness of current review systems and calling for heightened vigilance to preserve the integrity of academic publishing.

Letting go: An exploration of conversation in presentations

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In this post, I explore the ideas behind an upcoming conference presentation I am working on for the Ontario Library Association Super Conference. Our session will harvest the power of conversations. This post explores the ideas behind letting go, embracing spontaneity, and navigating the bumps in lively, peer-to-peer discussions.

A use case for ChatGPT: Creation of a dataset for use in NVivo training

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Discover how generative AI is revolutionizing instructional design, with a unique approach using the classic characters of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to teach NVivo software. Dive into the creative use of ChatGPT for scriptwriting, fostering diverse perspectives in learning, and enhancing the educational experience with generative AI tools.